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October 11 , 2021

Is there a dark side to China’s high-speed rail network?

South China Morning Post 
10 October 2021 (China)

  • Researchers say bullet trains could mean lower economic activity in some western parts of the country
  • The conclusion is based on analysis of satellite data showing changes in night light

High-speed rail could be hurting rather than helping local economies in western China, with some cities becoming darker at night after a station comes to town, according to new research.

In a study published in the peer-reviewed domestic journal Geographical Research on Friday, the researchers said that on average, each high-speed rail station in western China corresponded to a more than 1.5 per cent drop in the intensity of local economic activity.


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